Time running out to book free tickets for CLA debate exploring topical issues including the ‘housing crisis’ and the value of land

02 April 2019

CLA Housing Seminar

Time is running out to book free tickets to a CLA debate exploring topical issues including the ‘housing crisis’ and the value of land later this month.

It will take place from 6pm to 9pm on Thursday, 25 April at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP20 1UG.

The debate is timely for the Thames Valley area, with proposals for the second phase of the Oxford to Cambridge East-West rail scheme, the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway and up to one million homes all being mooted and at various stages of planning and consultation.

CLA South East represents thousands of landowners, farmers and rural businesses across Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and the wider region.

Regional Director Robin Edwards said: “There isn’t long left to book tickets for a debate which promises to explore the latest thinking on a very topical issue.

“With so many development and infrastructure plans in our area, it’s an evening not to be missed.”

The government remains committed to its ambitious target of building 300,000 homes a year, but fears have been raised that if there isn’t enough incentive in the system for landowners to offer potential sites up for development, the ‘housing crisis’ won’t be addressed.

The debate will be chaired by Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, President of the Buckinghamshire branch of the CLA, and supported by Robinson & Hall and Wates Developments. Topics likely to come up include compulsory purchase, how much land values can vary depending on geography and Local Plans.

Speakers will include Tom Barto¹ák-Harlow, Interim Director of External Affairs at the CLA; Luke Murphy, associate director for energy, climate, housing and infrastructure at the Institute for Public Policy Research; and Chris Williams, chair of the Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Natural Environment Partnership.

David Jones, partner in charge of development and land sales at Robinson & Hall, andJohn Tarvit, director of planning at Wates Developments, will also appear on the panel.

The evening will conclude with a drinks reception and canapés. It is free to attend with donations to the CLA Charitable Trust (charity number: 280264). All places must be booked in advance by clicking here.

For more information about the CLA and its work, visit www.cla.org.uk/your-area/south-east/regional-news and follow @CLASouthEast on Twitter.

Media are welcome to attend the debate. To secure a place please contact Mike Sims, CLA communications manager for the South East, on 01264 313434 or email mike.sims@cla.org.uk